Team

Anthony Papas

Founder & Managing Director

With a background in senior sales and business management, I have been in the Australian business broking industry since 2006. In that time I have helped change the future of many businesses and the lives of many people.
I spent many years in retail and hospitality before founding ABBA Group, but now manage business transactions across all industry sectors.
Today, I am proud to be creating wealth for more clients with the inspiring ABBA Group team beside me.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Buyers Agent
Licensed Business Valuer
Diploma of Financial Planning
Licensed Real Estate Agent
Justice of the Peace NSW


Bruce Irvine

Executive Partner & Head of Business Sales Team (non-corporate)

I began my working life in accounting, qualifying as both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Management accountant in South Africa in the 1990’s. I then spent some time working in an industrial finance bank before moving away from accounting into a marketing and business development role in a large stevedoring company. I immigrated to Australia in 2006 and acquired an Australian manufactured brand of vitamin supplements which I on sold several years later. I have worked as a business consultant and business broker since 2013.

Licensed Business Broker


John Emmery

Head of Property Team

During more than two decades of retail business experience, I have developed strong relationships with clients across major goods and services industries. I bring these contacts with me in my role as Business Advisor with the ABBA Group as well as my extensive sales and marketing experience and knowledge, gained internationally as Marketing Director of a global brand in Germany.
I look forward to helping The ABBA Group clients make a successful transition into a new and exciting business venture.

Licensed Business Broker


Neville Cousins

Partner & Senior Advisor
Corporate Team

With an early career in advertising, sales and marketing, I have spent the past 40 years in strategic business ventures and advisory.
I was the founder and managing partner of an international US firm, founder and managing director of a joint venture with ACP Holdings – and advisor to several small investment start-ups.
I have also had extensive experience working with government and immigration agents.
Since joining ABBA Group, I have managed several multimillion dollar transactions including strategic property investments, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and diversified market opportunities.
ABBA Group has given me the opportunity to continue supporting my clients as they embark on life-changing transactions. Together with my colleagues, we are well placed to assist Investors with acquiring suitable Investments and determining how best to mange those investments going forward.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Buyers Agent

David Penfold

Senior Advisor
Corporate Team

My background is as a Senior Finance Professional whose career has provided me with a wealth of experience across a wide range of disciplines and business activities.
As a UK Chartered Accountant, most of my career has been in the Financial Services industry in London and since 2007 as CFO of a major investment bank in Sydney. Now retired from Banking, I have joined ABBA Group to provide clients with insight and advice regarding potential business opportunities. My commercial and technical experience at Board and Executive management level will enable me to provide a meaningful and objective perspective on the viability and real value of transactions and opportunities. My experience in technical accounting, financing and complex structuring will also enable me to assist clients looking at the best way to structure and finance their transactions.
I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues at ABBA Group and contributing to the success of our clients.

Chartered Accountant (FCA)
City University - Accounting
Executive Management Program

Antony Dutton

Business Advisor - Corporate Team

As a member of the ABBA Group team, my background provides me with real-life experience as a previous business owner to help business owners in various industries realise their dream in the sale of their business and assist buyers with acquiring suitable Investments.

I have more than 20 years’ experience in the application technology industry. A long the way I’ve founded technology ventures in Australia from start-up to sale, with a variety of past senior management roles including in London, UK; a Japanese global corporation in Australia; and for an ASX 200 listed company with board reporting responsibilities.  I’ve advised business owners along their journey to grow their business and helped distressed companies find a successful exit.  I’m also an active investor in private companies in Australia.
My goal is to help position the ABBA Group as a leading Mergers & Acquisitions firm and ensure that all our clients’ goals are achieved.

Licensed Business Broker
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Arts

Ingrid Postema

Business Advisor - Corporate Team

With 27 years’ experience in various roles from executive management, to NFP Board Director and independent consultant – I have experience across a wide range of organisation types and industries including new technologies, farming/aquaculture, health, biotech, high tech manufacturing and property.  During this time, I have been involved with business and property acquisitions, property development, due diligence, negotiating debt and equity funding, growth strategies and exit planning to maximize value.

I look forward to assisting investors and business owners with their investment and business strategies for growth or new horizons with Abba Group.

Licensed Business Broker
CPA B Comm

Liam Hennessy

Business Advisor

Having managed accounts both nationally and internationally in the textiles and fashion industry, I am well placed to help our clients pursue and expand their business interests across different markets.
I enjoy focussing on business development and working hard to build strong relationships with all my clients through the development of innovative ideas and excellent communication skills. I am committed to helping ABBA clients fulfil their business and financial objectives.

Licensed Business Broker

Eva Papas

Marketing Manager

With international marketing and communications experience at a global data and consultancy agency, I bring with me extensive knowledge of effective cross-cultural communication strategies.

Bachelor of Media and Communications
Diploma In Management

Eddie Spurr

Business Advisor

Following my initial accounting career with Ernst and Young Sydney, I have provided strategic, commercial and financial services to high profile corporations within the Pharmaceutical, ERP Software, Consumer Goods, Retail, Hospitality and Food Service industries.

Throughout my career spanning 27 years, I have particularly enjoyed collaborating with Operations, Business Development, Sales and Executive teams to secure new business opportunities and facilitate organic growth.

I have attained a deep appreciation of the hard work required by business owners, therefore it is my intention to represent their best interests and achieve great outcomes for them.

Working with ABBA group, I am very confident we will achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Licensed Business Broker
Licensed Real Estate Agent

Gurmender Grewal

Real Estate Agent

Since commencing my career in Property investment research in 2012 I gained a significant interest in property and have been advising investors since. I moved into a full time role as a Real estate agent in 2015, conducting residential sales in Sydney’s lower North Shore. My interest in development sites led me into marketing and sales of VIC and NSW development sites from 2016. I look forward to working with Abba Group to expand my skills further and to commence business sales.

Living in both Melbourne and Sydney has enabled me to build a vast network of developers, builders and investors within the VIC and NSW Real estate industries.

Licensed Real Estate Agent
B.App.Sc(Computer Science)
MBA

Kamran Saeed

Real Estate Agent

I have been involved in the property industry for 4 years. As a sales agent I have gained a significant interest and experience in property. I’ve gained huge exposure to the residential development and the commercial investment market in Sydney’s evolving CBD, North West and South West.

I have managed to build a vast network of private clients, major residential developers and offshore international Asian investors

I look forward to helping you acquire a suitable Investment and at ABBA Group we will assist you at every step of the process.

Licensed Real Estate Agent

Tao Tong

Business Advisor

The start of my business advisor career goes back to the mid 90’s, when the concept of supply chain, was no more than a fleet of trucks horning on the winding country road of China. In 2003, I completed my Masters Degree in Economics and Business. The combination of business studies and practical experience had enabled the success of my consulting company, which focuses on localising foreign entites with supply chain management, marketing, public relations, and government relations.

Before joining ABBA group, I spent most of my past 6 years in retail and hospitality, wholesale and manufacturing, and commercial leasing in Australia. During this time I founded my own brand and management company specialising in food and beverage.

I look forward to assisting investors and business operators, in particular those with multicultural backgrounds.

Cartificate of Registration - Business Agent